Global warming at the end of the last Ice Age led to the inundation of vast landscapes that had once been home to thousands of people. These lost lands hold a unique and largely unexplored record of settlement and colonisation linked to climate change over millennia.
Within the Europe's Lost Frontiers project, researchers in the fields of archaeo-geophysics, molecular biology and computer simulation are seeking to explore the past environments, ecological change and the transition between hunter gathering societies and farming in the inundated land of the southern North Sea - Doggerland.
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Project Lead - Palaeoentomology and Environment
Dr David Smith is project environmentalist and palaeoentomologist. David worked on the original North Sea Palaeolandscapes project at Birmingham and his main research interests concern the interpretation of insect remains from the archaeological record. These are used to investigate landscape and landuse change as well as living conditions in archaeological settlements. David also undertakes commercial consultancy on insect remains from a range of archaeological sites.
University of Birmingham